Feel like you spend a lot of time arguing with mini versions of yourself? Don’t we all! 

But just how much time does the average parent spend taming tantrums?

A recent study has confirmed that parents spend a CRAZY amount of time each day dealing with dummy spits.

Gee, thanks, Captain Obvious, but we already know this.

What you may not know is just how much time you are wasting each and every day trying to settle sibling fights, tame temper tantrums and mediate minor meltdowns.

According to a poll conducted by Dolmio, the average parent spends 23 minutes per day arguing with their child.  Yes, that’s each and every day!

This equates to two hours and 41 minutes each week. Or, almost six full days over the course of a year.

Reasons why kids whinge

The study of 2,000 parents found that most arguments centre around getting your child to go to bed. Persuading them to do their homework and stop watching TV also top the tantrum charts.

And, let’s not forget the dinner dramas. These include attempting to get your kids to actually sit on a chair at the dinner table, persuading your kids that dinner isn’t “disgusting” and debating the topic of why dessert isn’t a viable dinner option.

The study found that mums call their kids to the table 1500+ times a year (which is around five times a night) and that 25 per cent of children refuse to eat what’s been prepared.

Yep, that sounds about right.

So the next time you find yourself in the middle of another meltdown, just remember the magic number – 23. Oh, and if you have a toddler or a threenager in the house, triple this number.

Make sure you have a look these tips on taming tantrums.  Hopefully it can help you get your child’s daily dummy spits tally down into the single digits (no guarantees though).

Author

Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

1 Comment

  1. Is that per child?
    Where are the figures for teenagers …… 24/7 would be about right! Those growing wonders of nature argue with me in their dreams/my nightmares!

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